Activism’s Bumper Decade

Part of the Palgrave Texts in International Political Economy book series (PTIPE)


The biggest social movement in decades? I think so. This chapter highlights the 1990s as a bumper decade for international activism. Social movements, unions, NGOs, churches, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and other CSOs spent those ten years (and more) rocking some pretty big boats on the seas of global governance: the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO (not to mention Nestle, Nike, and Monsanto) have all backed down on a number of initiatives in part because of CSO pressure. Even amid numerous failures, these ‘civil society’ successes have been visible enough to have changed some of the rules our world lives by.


Civil Society Debt Relief Global Civil Society Nuclear Disarmament Peace Movement 
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© Alison Van Rooy 2004

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